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Why did the Boyle Heights Victorian cross the road?

Courtesy ELACC

To avoid getting demolished. That’s the reason why the historic Peabody Werden House – aka The Blue House – will be moving from its location of 121 years to the other side of East 1st Street. There it will eventually be repaired and renovated to host community programs. The move is scheduled for Thursday, June 30, which will require the closure of E. 1st Street near Soto Street for several hours.

The two-story residence, a blend of the Queen Anne and Colonial revival styles,  currently sits on the site of a new affordable housing project that is being built by the East L.A. Community Corp. While adjacent structures were demolished, The Blue House will has been sitting on steel beams and truck trailers as preparations and permits were finalized.

The house move is the non-profit developer’s most recent effort to preserve historic structures and building new affordable housing. A few blocks east, ELACC restored another Victorian-era structure, the Boyle Hotel, as part of an affordable housing project with ground floor retail.

1st Street will be closed from Matthews to Soto from 8 am to 2 pm.

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Courtesy ELACC

Courtesy ELACC



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2 comments

  1. ELACC graciously announced plans to move this fine Victorian in response to our social media campaign seeking preservation as an alternative to demolition. We’re so pleased she’ll get a second chance.

    Preservation campaign info: https://esotouric.com/peabody/

  2. Johnny La Chingues

    “The house move is the non-profit developer’s most recent effort to preserve historic structures and building new affordable housing. A few blocks east, ELACC restored another Victorian-era structure, the Boyle Hotel, as part of an affordable housing project with ground floor retail.” – Really? The other ‘renovated’ structure was supposed to offer retail and all the community got was an outrageously overpriced panederia (La Monarca) the rest of the storfronts are ELACC. ELACC is nothing more than an inside gentrification job.

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